NATO-Private Sector Engagement 2022

March 30 - April 1, 2022

Description:

In Spring 2022, the Policy Insights Forum led the inaugural NATO-Private Sector Engagement Initiative at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. For three-days, we brought together top Canadian Industry leaders with 16 NATO senior-level officials to discuss emerging defence opportunities, procurement, and other areas of collaboration with Allied Nations and private Industry.

Engagement Highlights

Engagement 2022 Video

Purpose

The purpose of the NATO-Private Sector Engagement Initiative was to foster collaboration between Allied-Nation private Industry executives and NATO’s senior leadership. Sponsored by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division in partnership with the Policy Insights Forum, Industry executives received exclusive briefings on NATO priorities and areas of common interest to their businesses. Participants were also able to benefit from scheduled one-on-one sessions with select NATO country member delegations. Furthermore, business-to-business collaboration between Participants was also encouraged and continued well after the Engagement Initiative.

Context

The international environment has changed drastically in recent years, posing new dilemmas and presenting new opportunities for NATO and its thirty member-states. Canada and its Allies face significant pressure to increase defence spending and align their budgetary goals with the priorities of NATO. To achieve these goals, significant new investments in innovative technologies at the NATO and at the member-country level will be required. 

By generating interactions with senior NATO officials, the NATO-Private Sector Engagement Initiative enabled senior defence and security Industry executives to gain a novel perspective on NATO's global strategic needs and priorities. Direct dialogue with leading executive decision-makers allows NATO to better coordinate with the private sector and produce more significant synergies between the Alliance's Mission and the future direction of domestic Industrial allocation into the 2030s and beyond.

Program Themes:

·        Day 1: “NATO Today, Threat Environment, and Geopolitical Challenges”
·        Day 2:
“Role of Technology, R&D, and Industry Partnerships”
·        Day 3:
“How NATO and NATO Allies Address Procurement and Industry Relations”

Date and Timing:

The Engagement took place over three days, from Wednesday, March 30 to Friday, April 1, 2022.

Venue:

The in-person engagement was held at NATO Headquarters at Avenue Leopold III, 1110 Brussel, Belgium.

Format:

The Summit was designed to feature 16 Keynote Speakers, and a Roundtable of prominent NATO Allied political, military, and industry leaders.

Audience:

The NATO-Private Sector Engagement initiative organized by the Policy Insights Forum facilitated discussions between a wide range of medium-to-large companies in the defence sector. It showcased interest in a spectrum of collaboration areas with NATO, including critical domains such as Digital Transformation, Maritime Security, Submarines, Satellites, Cloud Technologies, Secure Communications, and Cybersecurity, among others.

Contact Information:

The Policy Insights Forum will be organizing another visit, Fall 2022. If you or your company is interested in attending the NATO–Private Sector Engagement, please contact the Policy Insights Forum's Industry Liaison, Jamie Baillie (jamie.baillie@policyinsights.ca), to schedule a consultation.

Registration will be open from July 1, 2022 to August 15, 2022.

Background information on the Summit and organisers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS FOR THE FIRST DAY - NOVEMBER 17, 2021

Général Philippe de Montenon

Maj Gen Jürgen Setzer

Stephen Burt

Air Vice-Marshal Tim Neal-Hopes OBE

Adjoint au Commandant de la Cyberdéfense
Deputy Chief, German Cyber and Information Domain Service, Bundeswehr
ADM and Chief Data Officer for the Department of National Defence
Director Cyber, Intelligence and Information Integration, UK Ministry of Defence

SPEAKERS FOR THE SECOND DAY - NOVEMBER 18, 2021

Angela Heise

Chris Pogue

Kevin Ford

Emiliano Kargieman

Corporate Vice President for Defence & Intelligence of Microsoft
Chief Executive Officer of Thales Canada
President and Chief Executive Officer of Calian
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Satellogic

ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021
SUMMIT DAY 1: POLITICAL-MILITARY

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
SUMMIT DAY 2: CEO-INDUSTRY

9:00AM – 9:10 AM (EST): Event Opening
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

9:00AM – 9:10 AM (EST): Event Opening
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

9:10AM – 9:30 AM (EST): Keynote Statement Interview from NATO Headquarters (Brussels)
Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General

9:10AM – 9:30 AM (EST): Replay - Summit Keynote Interview from NATO Headquarters (Brussels)
Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General

9:30AM – 9:35 AM (EST): Moderator Speaker Introduction
Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

9:30AM – 9:35 AM (EST): Moderator Speaker Introduction
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

9:35AM – 9:45 AM (EST): Germany Perspectives
Generalmajor Jürgen Setzer
, Vice Chief of the Cyber - and Information Domain Service and Chief Information Security Officer of the Bundeswehr

9:35AM – 9:45 AM (EST): Special Speaker Opening Statement
Goldy Hyder
, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada (Canada)

9:45AM – 9:55 AM (EST): Canada Perspectives
Stephen Burt,
Assistant Deputy Minister (Data, Innovation and Analytics) and Chief Data Officer for the Department of National Defence (Canada)

9:45AM – 9:55 AM (EST):
Kevin Ford
, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calian (Canada)

9:55AM – 10:05 AM (EST): France Perspectives
Général Philippe de Montenon, général de brigade, Adjoint au Commandant de la Cyberdéfense

9:55AM –10:05 AM (EST):
Emiliano Kargieman,
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Satellogic (Argentina)

10:05AM –10:15 AM (EST): United Kingdom Perspectives
Air Vice-Marshal Tim Neal-Hopes OBE
, Director of Cyber, Intelligence and Information Integration for the UK Ministry of Defence

10:05AM – 10:15 AM (EST):
Angela Heise,
Corporate Vice President for Defence & Intelligence of Microsoft (USA)

10:15AM – 10:25 AM (EST): Moderator Summary of Speakers’ Perspectives
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

10:15AM –10:25 AM (EST):
Chris Pogue
, Chief Executive Officer of Thales Canada (France)

10:25AM – 10:30 AM (EST): Tribute to Dr. Robert Spencer, a 101-Year-Old Canadian WWII Veteran and Eminent Scholar

10:25AM – 10:30 AM (EST): Moderator Summary of Speakers’ Perspectives
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

10:30AM (EST): Break

10:30AM (EST): Break

10:35AM – 10:40 AM (EST): Round Table Segment Introduction
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

10:35AM – 10:40 AM (EST): Round Table Segment Introduction
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

10:40AM – 11:35 AM (EST): Round Table Discussion

10:40AM – 11:35 AM (EST): Round Table Discussion

11:35AM (EST): Closing Remarks
Brett Kitchen
, CDR Magazine Publisher

11:35AM (EST): Closing Remarks
Brett Kitchen
, CDR Magazine Publisher

ENGAGEMENT ORGANIZERS
Participating organizations

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Organizer Comments

Participant Responses

Engagement Highlights

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